Today's News

  • Editorial Roundup - May 23, 2014

    Compiled by The Associated Press

    The Star-Ledger, New Jersey, on racism and sexism (May 19):
    Now and then, we choose the most convenient prism through which to view our most serious social problems, however superficially, because it comes packaged in equal doses of celebrity and infamy.

  • Mora County Notebook - Locals participate in national conference

    The New Mexico Rural Independent Telephone Company representatives were in Washington, D.C. recently to participate in the National Telecommunications Cooperative Association’s Legislative & Policy Conference. The annual event hosts more than 600 telecom representatives from through out the country for educational briefings about the emerging rules and regulations and other pressing industry issues. Those from La Jicarita Telephone Cooperative were, Terri Mares and  Michael J. Leyba.

  • Mora County Calendar and Senior Lunch Menu - May 23, 2014

    6 p.m. — Mora High School graduation, Joseph Montoya Gym
    3 p.m. — Wagon Mound High School graduation, Alfred Romero Gym
    6 p.m. — T-Ball, A’s vs. Orioles, Little League Field, Holman
    6:45 p.m. — T-Ball, Angels vs. Cubs. Little League Field
    6 p.m. — Little League A’s vs. Yankees, Field # 1, Cubs vs. Rockies, Field # 2, Holman
    11 a.m. — ECHO Food Distribution, Helping Hands Inc.

  • Palabras Pintorescas: Never run out of stories

    My fellow columnist, Art Trujillo, recently asked me if I ever ran out of ideas, stories I can write about. Obviously, the answer is “no” because things just pop up in my life and that reminds me of yet another tall tale or story.

  • Six from on North softball team

    Six Las Vegas-area players have been chosen to represent the North in the upcoming Class 1A-3A North-South All-Star softball games.

    No area players were named to the initial roster of the North-South baseball contests, however. Additional players may be selected as alternates prior to the games, which are a couple of weeks away.

    Three Robertson Lady Cardinals, one West Las Vegas Lady Don and two Pecos Lady Panthers were honored with selections.

  • Train Robbers 2014 schedule

    Monday, May 12
    * Las Vegas Train Robbers at Alpine, L, 16-7
    Tuesday, May 13
    * Las Vegas Train Robbers at Alpine, L, 11-5
    Thursday, May 15
    * Las Vegas Train Robbers at Alpine, L, 6-3
    Friday, May 16
    * Las Vegas Train Robbers at Alpine, W, 13-7
    Saturday, May 17
    * Las Vegas Train Robbers at Alpine, L, 5-3
    Sunday, May 18
    * Las Vegas Train Robbers at Roswell, L, 11-8
    Monday, May 19

  • Go Fish - May 23

    Conchas Lake: Fishing was good using tubes, senkos, chigger craws, smallie beavers, jerk baits and topwater lures for smallmouth bass and largemouth bass. Fishing good using crank baits and spinner-night crawler combinations for walleye. Fishing fair to good using minnows, small tubes and small jigs for crappie. Fishing good trolling crank baits for white bass. Fishing fair to good using liver, stink bait and night crawlers for catfish. Central Recreation Area reopened May 19.
    Coyote Creek: Trout fishing fair to good using Power Bait, worms and salmon eggs.

  • Most local races will be decided June 3

    Democrats and Republicans throughout the state will head to the polls on June 3 to select their candidates for the General Election in November.

    But in San Miguel County, where 71 percent of registered voters are Democrats, primary elections have historically taken on added significance, and that’s certainly the case this year.

    The only Republican who filed in a local race is Magistrate Judge Eddy M. Gallegos, who is hoping to hold on to the Division 1 magistrate seat that Gov. Susana Martinez appointed him to last year.

  • Meet the San Miguel County candidates

    Editor’s note: With the primary election set for June 3, it’s time to brush up on the candidates. The Optic submitted questionnaires to all San Miguel County candidates in contested races. What follows are their responses. There are no local contested races in the Republican primary, so the following candidates are all Democrats. A Q&A on the Mora County candidates will be published next week.


    Tomás E Salazar
    Age: 70

  • Parson gets raise, extension

    Anyone who knows Gene Parson knows he is all about the green and gold of West Las Vegas schools. Parson will continue leading his school district for at least two more years as superintendent. He has been awarded a two-year contract and a $15,000 salary increase by the school board.

    “They saw fit that I get a little more,” Parson said in a recent interview. “Hopefully it will make up for all the stress” (that comes with being superintendent.)